WHS sports roundup
WHS boys and girls lax enjoy Senior Nights
Both the Winthrop High boys and girls lacrosse teams enjoyed successful Senior Nights with big victories this past week.
On the boys’ side, the Vikings improved to 11-6 with a big conference win over Salem, 18-6. Prior to the game, senior defensemen Calvin Tufa and Christian Lyons were recognized for their contributions both this season and throughout their careers to the WHS boys lacrosse program.
In their next contest, the Vikings fought a tough battle against a very-talented Malden Catholic squad and came up on the short end of a 9-5 decision.
Coach Brian Donnelly and his crew are set to close out their regular season this afternoon (Thursday) on the turf at Miller Field against non-league rival Pope John XXIII.
For the Lady Vikings, Senior Night likewise was a fitting affair, as the girls defeated Matignon, 15-5. The victory concluded the regular season for Winthrop with a 14-5 record, the best-ever in the girls’ program’s history.
Both the boys and girls teams have qualified for the MIAA post-season state tournament. Announcement of the teams’ seedings and first round opponents could come as soon as tomorrow (Friday), with first round games slated for next week.
The Lady Vikings were scheduled to scrimmage Melrose today (Thursday) at Miller field to help prepare for the state tourney.
WHS tracksters compete at D-4
A contingent of members of the Winthrop High track & field teams competed in Saturday’s Division 4 State Track Meet that was held at Ipswich High School.
Camila Miranda-Llovera was the lone representative for the Lady Vikings, finishing in 16th place in the two-mile run in a time of 13:16.43.
On the boys side, Anthony Nargi was the highest-finisher for the Vikings with his 10th place performance in the 800 in 2:05.53.
Ari Hain ran in the two-mile event, coming across in 23rd place in 11:51.99.
Mark Amatucci competed in the 400 hurdles, finishing 28th with a clocking of 66.47.
The Viking 4 x 400 relay quartet of Patrick Haskell, Devin Pulsifer, Cormac MacPhail, and Nargi came across in 20th place with a time of 3:51.9.
From the Press Box
Niners vs. Bengals
By: Jim Lederman
I just finished reading a story in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated – The Dwight Clark Story. Dwight has ALS, and it described his fight with the incurable disease and his reunion with his former San Francisco teammates.
I was a huge Green Bay Packers fan in the ’60s (not as big a fan as Phil Ronan); I wore Paul Hornung’s ‘Number 5’ jersey. The ‘Golden Boy’ with his curly blonde hair.
In the ’80s I was a big San Francisco 49ers fan. I had one of my great memories meeting a player on the Super Bowl champions – the San Francisco 49ers, the morning of the Super Bowl in Miami.
We were staying at the Thunderbird Motel, I am an early-riser, and at 3 a.m. I drove to the all-night Denny’s Restaurant. I had my 49ers cap on and in walked a member of the team – Tom Rathman, a San Fran reserve running back. He was very cordial and we talked about the game. The 49ers trailed the Bengals until Joe Montana engineered a long drive with a minute remaining and San Fran won a thriller (20-18).
The SI Story was about owner Eddie DeBartolo holding a reunion of the championship team to visit with a very ill Dwight Clark, suffering from the devastating ALS disease.
Twenty-eight (28) players on that team. I spoke with Tom Rathman, and it will always be a memory.
The Sports Illustrated (SI) story of Dwight Clark and his battle with ALS was moving. His reunion with 28 of his teammates may be their last visit with the player.
Eddie DeBartolo was the owner of the team and he had the reunion at his ranch in Montana. The coach was Bill Walsh.
We are blessed in New England to watch Tom Brady play in the last six Super Bowls. Will TB 12 win another Super Bowl championship?
How long before the Patriots begin another championship season?
Let the Games Begin!
My Favorite Nick Names
The topic of conversation is the status of Rob Gronkowski aka ‘The Gronk.’
Speaking of Nick Names – Arnold ‘Hacker” Noyes – ex WHS lineman Herb ‘Tiny’ Shuman – played on 1956 team Steve ‘the Tank’ Adamson, Noel ‘Ace’ Parker, Robert ‘Truck’ McKenna, Milton ‘Bomber’ Neal (1945, Wilbur ‘Whip’ Halliday (Coach), Henry ‘Red’ Rock, James ‘Gus’ Foley, Walter ‘Brother’ Milano, Larry ‘Hucky’ Larsen Charles ‘Big Cat’ Jesson, Frank ‘Buster’ Ferrara, Anthony ‘Touchdown Tony’ Palmer, The Double Dee’s Mark DeGregorio and Michael DeMarco, Richard ‘Doc’ Wallace, Charles ‘Chuck’ Sullivan, Michael ‘Dabba’ DeBonis, ‘Lucious’ Lou Rosenberg, Gus ‘Wizard’ Martucci, Michael ‘Mags’ Magrath, Jim ‘Snake’ Gillis, Jay ‘Big Guy’ Petersen, Joey ‘The Jet’ Murray, Anthony ‘Coconuts’ Martucci, John ‘Stal’ Tiano and ‘Jungle’ Jim Loscutoff.
The Future for the King
Do you care where LeBron James will play next year? LeBron left Miami to return to his home state Ohio. If Larry Bird did not have a back injury, he would have played on two more N BA championship teams in Boston! Larry improved all the players on his teams – his passing was superior to LeBron’s. I was sitting in the ‘old’ Boston Garden to watch ‘Larry the Legend’ win three NBA Championships!
The Future for our Boston Celtics is great. In 2018-2019, the return of Kyrie Irving and a year with Gordon Hayward will send the Celtics to the NBA Championship round. The Celtics defense and Young all-stars (Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum) give the Celtics a championship team for the next four years!
Let’s Go Celtics!
Let the Games Begin!
Congrats to Coach Brian Donnelly and the boys lacrosse team. The Vikings defeated Saugus (11-4) at Miller Field on Friday afternoon.
The victory established the winningest season in the program’s history. “We are only in our fourth season in the program’s history,” praised Coach Donnelly, “We are hoping to make noise in MIAA Tourney.”
Tthe Vikings have one final regular season game today, Thursday, with a make up game with Pope John at Miller Field.
Raise the Stix!
Let the Games Begin!
2018 Vikings Football Schedule
Friday, Sept. 7 – Pentucket Regional 7 p.m. at Miller Field
Friday, Sept. 14 – Medford 7 p.m. at Miller Field
Friday, Sept. 21 – Swampscott 7 p.m. at Miller Field
Friday, Sept. 28 – Lynnfield 7 p.m. at Miller Field
Friday, Oct. 5 – Away vs. Salem 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 13 – Away vs. Saugus at 12 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 19 – Lynn English 7 p.m. at Miller Field
Friday, Oct. 26 – TBA
Friday, Nov. 2 – TBA
Friday, Nov. 9 – TBA
Thursday, Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving vs. Revere at Revere 10 a.m.